Brian D. Zelickson, M.D.
Meet Brian D. Zelickson, M.D.
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Zel Skin & Laser Specialists is a nationally acclaimed skin care center led by Brian Zelickson, MD, a Mayo-trained physician. Dr. Zelickson is one of the most respected dermatologists in the nation and an internationally renowned laser surgeon and inventor. He also has been repeatedly named one of the Twin Cities’ “Top Doctors” by Mpls St. Paul magazine.

Zel Skin & Laser Specialists offers a wide variety of medically directed, minimally invasive and innovative skin care treatments—all backed by science and research. These treatments include Fraxel, Botox, many different laser therapies, microdermabrasion and vibradermabrasion, Thermage, and the very latest chemical peels and dermal fillers (including those for lip augmentation). We also carry several lines of medically directed skin care products—highly effective products you will not find in any department or drugstore. 

We make state-of-the-art technology and products available to our clients so they’ll see results. We don’t over promise. We deliver.
 
We invite you to get to know us. Meet Dr. Zelickson and our staff.  Learn about your concerns for your skin and our treatments for them.  Read and watch what others say about our excellent care.  See before-and-after treatment photos. Catch up on our latest news, our ongoing research and our current specials.  And contact us with your questions or to set up a consultation.

Dr. Zelickson grew up in the Twin Cities. He graduated from the University of Colorado in 1982 and the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota, in 1986. His post–graduate medical training included one year at the Hennepin County Medical Center and three years at the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine. In 1990, he received special training in immunoelectron microscopy under a fellowship at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Dr. Zelickson is currently a member of the faculty at the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Department of Dermatology. He is also director of that department’s Electron Microscopy Laboratory. Mpls. St. Paul Magazine has repeatedly named him one of the Twin Cities’ “Top Doctors.”

Although he has extensive training in all aspects of dermatology, Dr. Zelickson’s special medical interests include laser tissue interaction and teledermatology. He is nationally recognized for his accomplishments and contributions to laser medicine and surgery. He has published more than 30 medical journal articles in the field and currently serves on the Government Liaison/Blue Ribbon Committee for the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS). He has also developed ASLMS course work that is used across the country to train other physicians in laser techniques. Dr. Brian Zelickson is President elect of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.
My Team

Dr. Susan E. Rudolph

Background
Dr. Susan E. Rudolph is a board-certified dermatologist. She has published several studies in regards to laser medicine and has also co-authored a chapter in Cosmetic Applications of Laser and Light-Based Systems entitled “Skin Rejuvenation using Fractional Photothermolysis: Efficacy and Safety”. This chapter covered the different fractional laser treatments used to improve the appearance of photodamaged skin. 

Dr. Rudolph received her undergraduate degree with high distinction and honors, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science and Dietetics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. After completing a dietetic internship and obtaining her Registered Dietitian Degree at the University of Minnesota, she went on to pursue her medical education. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 2005 and subsequently completed an internship in Family Medicine there as well. 

Dr. Rudolph’s strong interest in cutaneous laser surgery drew her to work with Dr. Zelickson at Zel Skin and Laser Specialists for a 3-year clinical research fellowship. Her research fellowship at Zel Skin focused on developing and evaluating emerging technologies in laser medicine. She then completed her dermatology residency at Marshfield Clinic-St. Joseph’s Hospital in Wisconsin. During that time, she was also selected to serve as Chief Resident from 2011-2012. 

Throughout Dr. Rudolph’s extensive experience and education, her main areas of interest are medical and cosmetic dermatology.

• American Academy of Dermatology
• American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS)
• The Society for Pediatric Dermatology
• American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery
• Minnesota Dermatological Society

Irmina
Research Coordinator 

“Through our research at Zel Skin and Laser Specialists, I am able to direct our patients to high quality treatments with proven technologies.”

Background
Irmina has been under the medical direction of Dr. Brian Zelickson since 2007. She has 20 years of experience in Patient Care and Inpatient/Outpatient Services.

• Society of Clinical Research Associates, Clinical Research Coordinator
• Association of Clinical Research Associates, Clinical Research Assistant
• University of Minnesota, BA Cultural Studies
• Expert in: Research

Melanie
Patient Care Coordinator 

“I am dedicated to helping patients develop their treatment plan to help them achieve their skin care goals.”

Background
Melanie has practiced under the medical direction of Dr. Brian Zelickson at
Zel Skin and Laser Specialists since 2000.

• University of St. Mary’s, MA Education
• University of St.Thomas, BA Education/English
• Expert in Treatment Education, Patient Services, Product Knowledge

Teresa
Registered Nurse 

“My focus is to educate my patients on the best treatments that will meet their unique needs. It is rewarding to deliver results and make my patients satisfied.”

Background
Teresa has worked under the medical direction of Dr. Brian Zelickson at
Zel Skin and Laser Specialists since 1998.

• Inver Hills Community College, RN
• School of Electrolysis, Eau Claire WI, Certified Electrologist
• Expert in: Laser Hair Removal, Fraxel Restore, Mira Dry, Botox/Dysport,
Smoothbeam, Photo Rejuvenation or IPL, Clinical Assistant, Product Knowledge

Rachel
Registered Nurse 

“I build relationships with my patients by listening to their concerns and educating them about the treatment options available. My goal is to exceed their expectations.”

Background
Dr. Brian Zelickson is pleased to have Rachel join the medical staff at Zel Skin and Laser Specialists after moving her practice from North Dakota to Minnesota in 2011.

• University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, RN, BSN
• Minnesota State Community Technical College, RN Associate
• Minnesota State Community Technical College, LPN
• Expert in Botox/Dysport, Dermal Fillers, Clinical Assistant, Mira Dry, Product Knowledge

Polly
RN/Medical Esthetician 

“I enjoy collaborating with patients to create an individualized treatment plan that enhances their best features.”

Background
Polly has practiced as an RN since 1995. Before joining Dr. Zelickson’s practice in 2004, she worked as a Pediatric Intensive Care Nurse.

• St. Paul College, Esthetician Licensure
• Trinity Christian College, BSN
• Dordt College, Associate of Arts Degree
• Expert in: Dermal Fillers, Botox/Dysport, Product Knowledge

Keely
RN/Medical Esthetician 

“I enjoy helping my patients reach their desired goals in their appearance by listening to their needs and wants and executing their treatment plans.”

Background
Keely has practiced under the medical direction of Dr. Brian Zelickson at Zel Skin and Laser Specialists since 2000.

• St. Paul College, Esthetician Licensure
• Research College of Nursing, BSN
• Kansas State University, BS Kinesiology
• Expert in Botox/Dysport, Dermal Fillers, Laser Hair Removal, Medically Directed Skin Care, Mira Dry, Product Knowledge

Suzanne
Medical Esthetician 

“I love meeting patients and creating a personalized plan of medically based skin care products and treatments. I enjoy being part of this industry’s evolution as our products and devices have great transformative potential. My goal is to help people take a little time for themselves for reflection, indulgence, and healthy, glowing skin!”

Background
Suzanne has practiced under the medical direction of Dr. Brian Zelickson at Zel Skin and Laser Specialists since 2002.

• Augsburg College, MBA
• St. Paul College, Esthetician Licensure
• New York Fashion Institute of Technology
• North Dakota University, BS Apparel and Textiles/ Psychology
• Expert in: Medically Directed Skin Care, Product Knowledge, Clinical Assistant, Patient Education

Katie
Medical Esthetician 

“My passion is developing and maintaining relationships with my patients. I enjoy working with them to create and implement an individualized skin care program.”

Background
Katie has practiced under the direction of Dr. Brian Zelickson at Zel Skin and Laser Specialists since 2006. She is currently working on attaining her RN degree.

• Aveda Institute, Esthetician Licensure
• St. Paul College, Esthetician Licensure
• Normandale College
• Minneapolis Community and Technical College
• Expert in: Medically Directed Skin Care, Laser Hair Removal, Coolsculpting, Clinical Assistant, Product Knowledge

Hilary
Medical Esthetician 

“My goal is to maintain a standard of excellence with all my patients. I collaborate and build relationships with my patients. I am diligent in assisting them in improving, maintaining, and perfecting their skin.”

Background
Hilary has practiced under the medical direction of Dr. Brian Zelickson at Zel Skin and Laser Specialists since 2008.

• Scot Lewis, Esthetician Licensure
• University of Wisconsin, Madison, BA in Communication
• Expert in Medically Directed Skin Care Treatments, Coolsculpting, Clinical Assistant, Product Knowledge

Nina
Medical Esthetician 

“I am passionate about providing our patients with state of the art skin care
treatments which enhance not only their appearance, but also their degree of confidence.”

Background
Dr. Brian Zelickson is pleased to have Nina join the medical staff at Zel Skin and Laser Specialists after moving her practice from Stillwater, MN in May of 2012.

• St. Paul College, Esthetician Licensure
• Expert in: Medically Directed Skin Care, Product Knowledge, Patient Services

ADDITIONAL ACCREDITATIONS
• American Academy of Dermatology (Board Certified)
• American Dermatologic Association
• Society of Investigative Dermatology
• American Society of Lasers in Surgery and Medicine
• Minnesota Dermatologic Society
• American Medical Association
• Minnesota Medical Association
• Hennepin County Medical Society
• University of Minnesota Medical School (Assistant Professor and Director of
  Electron Microscopy Laboratory) 

AWARDS/ASSOCIATIONS/SPECIAL INTEREST

2011 - 12 President American society of Lasers Surgery and Medicine 
2010 President Elect American society of Lasers Surgery and Medicine Section Chair Annual Meeting, ASLMS
2009 Vice President American society of Lasers Surgery and Medicine 
2008 Overall Program Chair American society of Lasers Surgery and Medicine 
2007 Program Chair for dermatology and plastic surgery American Society of Lasers Surgery and Medicine
2006 – 2009 American Society of Lasers Surgery and Medicine Presidential Citation Award
2003 American Dermatologic Association, Member
2001 American society of Lasers Surgery and Medicine Program Chair for Dermatology and Plastic Surgery 
1995 – 2009 Best Doctors, Mpls/St. Paul Magazine, Top vote getter 2008
1999 Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors
1998 American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Best Clinical Science Presentation.
1997 Top 10 laser physicians in the US, SELF magazine July issue
1993 American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Best Basic Science Presentation.
1990 Paul A. O’Leary Research Award; Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation
1989 Dermatology Foundation; ASDS Grant
1989 Roy S. Rogers III Travel; Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation
Recipient of Syntax grant in conjunction with the AAD

EDUCATION
Undergraduate
University of Colorado - Boulder, Colorado; Bachelor of Arts 
1978 - 1982 Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, with honors,
Phi Beta Kappa, May 1982

Medical
1982 - 1986 Mayo Medical School - Rochester, Minnesota
1986 - 1987 Hennepin County Medical Center; Minneapolis, Minnesota
1987 - 1990 Dermatology, Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester, Mn. Dermatology Residency
1990 Immunoelectron microscopy, Department of Dermatology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, with Dr. R.A. Briggaman, Fellowship
1991 Diplomat of the American Board of Dermatology

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